Private Islands You Can Actually Afford to Rent

Have you ever dreamed of staying on your own private island but didn't think you could afford one? Well, dream no more! From Maine to Minnesota, there are plenty of affordable options for private island rentals. Some offer a rustic experience, while others offer all the amenities of home for a fraction of the cost of a hotel room. All of these options cost less than $100 a person a night, and some are as low as $25 a person a night. Why not enjoy an incredibly affordable private island in America for your next stay?


01 Bremen, Maine

For just $150 a night, you and five other guests can stay on your own private island near Bremen. The log cabin features three bedrooms, a spacious living room with a fieldstone fireplace and cathedral ceilings, a screened-in porch, and plenty of hot water for showers. Three kayaks are available for guest use, and both the town of Damariscotta and the ocean are just a 10-minute row away.

02 Old House Cay, Hilton Head, South Carolina

What’s better than one private island? How about three, and all for just $585 a night. This series of interconnected private islands in the South Carolina Lowcountry is located just 10 minutes away from Hilton Head. A modern, but off-the-grid, house includes three bedrooms and space for six guests. This secluded oasis is perfect for those looking for seclusion and relaxation or to go fishing, kayaking, and boating.

03 Juggler Lake, Minnesota

Spanning 18 acres, this private island is located on Juggler Lake, near Itasca State Park. Swim in the pristine waters, go fishing and boating, or explore an old-growth forest teeming with wildlife. An A-frame cabin can sleep 10 across three bedrooms and includes three porches, a full kitchen, and a jetted tub. The island itself is just $349 a night, and a pontoon boat is available to rent for an additional $200.

04 Spruce Island, Deer Isle, Maine

Ideal for large groups, Spruce Island, includes the main house and a guest house with seven bedrooms that can accommodate up to 20 guests. At $1,100 a night, that’s just over $50 a person a night. The 80-acre island offshore of Deer Isle/Stonington offers plenty of space for outdoor adventures and comes with its own kayaks, rowboats, and a golf cart. An ATV and powerboats are also available for rent.

05 Swansboro, North Carolina

As featured on Island Hunters, this private island is only $100 a night and features a small cabin that will sleep four. There’s no water, though a generator is available to provide power. Enjoy a rustic escape as you relax on the island’s white sandy beaches. You can even pitch a tent or two. Several restaurants and bars are within paddling distance, and kayak and paddleboard rentals are available.

06 Poulsbo, Washington

For just $339 a night, you can escape to this private, tree-filled island in Washington with three bedrooms and space for six. A ferry service on an electric raft is included in the price. Additional amenities include a large deck, fire pit, two kayaks, and a swimming hole. For stays longer than four nights, access to a second cabin is provided.

07 Holly Bluff Island, Virginia

Surrounded by sandy beaches and marshes, the Guest House on Holly Bluff Island was originally built in 1910 as a hunting and fishing camp. It sleeps 12 and is a real bargain at just $400 a night. A designated Wildlife Refuge, the island is home to numerous birds, including eagles and ospreys, and is a resting place for butterflies, migratory birds, and seals in the winter.

08 Strand Island, Pelican Lake, Minnesota

You can book this 45-acre private island on an excellent fishing lake for just $930 a night. A 2,000-square foot main cabin with eight bedrooms and a smaller log cabin offers plenty of space for groups of up to 20 people. There’s also a sauna house and two outbuildings with a game room, ping pong table, and large screen TV for movie screenings. Explore 9,500 square feet of shoreline with the included rowboat and two kayaks, or rent a pontoon for the stay.

09 Quadkin Island, Thousand Islands, New York

Located in the Thousand Islands region of the St. Lawrence River, you can rent this private getaway for you and 11 other guests for just $471 a night. A spacious house offers five bedrooms and several screened porches, along with plenty of dock space to tie up multiple boats. Enjoy swimming, fishing, boating, and wildlife spotting, or explore the historic Boldt Castle just down the river.

10 Coney Island, Hinton, West Virginia

Escape to your own private island paradise for just $332 a night, complete with a sandy beach and an adorable cabin with three bedrooms, a full kitchen, patio, wrap-around porch, and fire pit. There’s plenty of room for a group of up to eight guests to enjoy swimming, tubing, kayaking, and fishing along the confluence of the New River and the Greenbrier River.

11 Dogatraz, Hinesburg, Vermont

Dog lovers can bring their pooches along to this one-acre private island on Lake Iroquois, just 20 minutes away from Burlington. Appropriately named Dogatraz, the island offers seclusion, with the beauty of full amenities, including two bedrooms, a full kitchen, screened porch, potable water, and indoor and outdoor showers. There's also a fire pit, dock, canoe, and kayaks. The island sleeps four and can be rented for $379 a night.

12 Birch Island Lake, Wisconsin

For just $395 a night, you and 15 friends can book this private island on Birch Island Lake, with plenty of pine and oak trees, a sugar sand beach area, and a 3,233-square-foot log A-frame cabin, complete with five bedrooms, a massive fieldstone fireplace, outdoor showers, and modern amenities. Rent their pontoon boat or bring your own, and enjoy great fishing, swimming, hiking, and relaxation.

13 Dodd Island, Douglas, Massachusetts

For $357 a night, you can rent the 7-acre, private Dodd Island on Whitins Reservoir, a warm and shallow lake near Douglas. Two cottages, including one with a deck right by the water’s edge, offer space for eight. Guests can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, diving, and fishing in the incredibly clear waters or go hiking, biking, and horseback riding in the Douglas State Forest next door. A rowboat and two kayaks are included in the rental.

14 Gloucester, Rhode Island

Enjoy a rustic retreat on this private, wooded island on the Pascoag Reservoir near Gloucester, available for $349 a night. A large, three-bedroom cabin can comfortably sleep 11. There’s no running water or electricity, though there are solar lights, a fire fit, a gas grill, and a wood-burning stove. Additional amenities include a deck with panoramic lake views and sandy beaches complete with beach chairs. Enjoy swimming, boating, fishing, and bird watching. A rowboat is included in the rental.

15 Republic Island, Michigan

Situated on the Michagamme River, the 2-acre, heavily wooded Republic Island can be rented for $230 a night. A historic, 1,000-square-foot cedar log cabin offers space for four, with three bedrooms and modern amenities that include WiFi, a smart TV, and a bathroom with heated floors. A Jon boat, a basic pontoon boat, and canoe are included, along with a grill and hammock. Pets are also welcome for an extra charge.


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